I've posted these elsewhere on this forum. These were taken around 4-5 p.m. EST.
I posted earlier about black mulch vs. natural/brown mulch (the picture above was taken prior to mulching) I did return the black mulch and got the brown, but it looks just like a continuation of the bare ground--not much contrast which is disappointing. I've since planted a border impatiens along the landscaping in hopes to brighten the area and provide contrast. I'm waiting for those to fill in before I take another photo.
The groundcover in the foreground is some sort of wild violet. My husband is attempting to plant grass again this year and I do see tiny tufts sprouting now, but I have a sinking feeling it won't fill in. If I have to resort to groundcover I'd rather plant dead nettle (something short with tiny leaves) than have the violets. Also, the walkway is caving in. I'm told that back in the 1970s it was customary to bury new home construction debris onsight rather than haul it away, and so 30 years later sink holes are cropping up It's getting worse, I think, because of the erosion, too. After a lot of precipitation (winter snow melt) the walkway gets flooded, otherwise the ground does not seem particularly saturated.
The retaining walls + plantings were put in last year (I've replaced some perennials with evergreens) Unfortunately, we couldn't afford to have the whole front lawn and walkway renovated so I'm trying to figure out the best way to work with what we have (less maintenance the better!)